Every great once in a while, my son does or says something that makes me think I might be getting through to him.
He recently plowed through his piles of drawings, and all the ones he wanted to keep are now neatly three-hole-punched and gathered together in a binder. He then tossed the ones he didn’t want into the recycling bin. That’s huge. (I don’t think I can stress enough….that’s huge.)
When he came home from a shopping trip with Grammy three T-shirts richer, I informed him that he had to get rid of three he already had. Which he did–without protest. (Again….huge.)
The funniest part, though, was a conversation we had in the car as we drove by a video store. “Mom?” he asked thoughtfully. “Why do we buy movies?”
He then went on to explain his train of thought: we always check them out from the library, or we might go to a Redbox or video store (actually, I can’t remember the last time I set foot in a video store), or we record things on the DVR….but why do people bother to buy movies?
That’s a really good question, kiddo….
My response? “Well, I think they just make really easy gifts.”
I looked through the movies on our shelves (we have 99 DVD’s right now, 76 of which are actually movies*), and they seem to be full of still-wrapped-in-plastic “hey, he really liked this movie–I’ll get it for him for Christmas!” types of things. Secret Santa gifts from coworkers; birthday gifts from people who don’t know you well enough to know what you really might want….a movie is a safe, easy gift idea. And we have two shelves full of them.
I’m fairly certain I know what’s next on my list to weed through….
*What else could there be, you ask? TV series collections and DVD’s of concerts. The concerts, I’m quite sure, are staying. 🙂